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Poster: jory2 Date: Aug 30, 2011 1:56pm
Forum: movies Subject: Re: Copyright Violation - Please remove

Have you considered contacting the rightful owner of the copyrights?

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Poster: moviemausoleum Date: Aug 30, 2011 7:07pm
Forum: movies Subject: Re: Copyright Violation - Please remove

I talked to Fred Olen Ray about a month ago and he mentioned that He had licensed the Alien Factor for a period of time (for Retromedia DVD release) from Tony Malanowski if memory serves. The film was made by a partnership of 6 or so investors and writer/director Don Dohler was still alive at that time Fred licensed it (he passed in December 2006) but the actual signing was done by Malanowski. In Retromedias release You'll notice a Copyright notice flash on the screen for a split second when the main title pops up. This was not in the original versions of the film (i.e. the VCI/MEDIA vhs version from the early 80's which is also easily identified by an emulsion scratch that runs throughout the final minutes of the movie).

A company called Westlake also released it with other PD films in a vhs Box set years ago (which Dohler himself mentioned to ME in 1999 or thereabout, he was not happy about it but I don't recall any legal action having been taken).

So I guess this raises the question is the original version (without the later added "c" notice ) be considered public domain?? I am no expert on copyright but I am learning all the time.